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10 Books You Can Read If You Want To Know More About Coffee

10 Books You Can Read If You Want To Know More About Coffee

Here are 10 must-read books, suitable for bean connoisseurs, industry insiders, coffee geeks and those that simply love to wake up to the smell of a freshly roasted cup of Joe. These books are available at most national bookstores, online and in NOOK eBook Reader format.

1. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting and Drinking, with Recipes by James Freeman

Suitable for everyone from beginners to geeks and professionals, The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee discusses coffee in all its aspects, “from farm to cup.” It includes tutorials, covering how to roast the beans and brew the perfect cup using a variety of methods. As the author says, “Making an espresso is a performance that lasts ninety seconds and then you’re done.” So take the time to do it right. It also includes 30 recipes that use coffee in baking, like Coffee Panna Cotta.

Author James Freeman is the founder of Blue Bottle, one of the country’s leading artisan roasters. His wife Caitlin, a nationally known pastry cook, provided the recipes.

2. God in a Cup: the Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee by Michaele Weissman

Trying to figure out who would pay $100 for a pound of coffee? Wonder about the geeks and pros that lead the artisan coffee field? God in a Cup: the Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee will fill you in on the personalities in this highly specialized area of the coffee industry. The author shares the stories of the people at Counter Culture, Intelligentsia, Stump-town and more.

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Michaele Weissman is a freelance journalist and skilled home cook who has written several books. Her articles are regularly published in the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

3. The World Atlas of Coffee: from Beans to Brewing by James Hoffman

The World Atlas of Coffee: from Beans to Brewing is for both coffee drinkers and industry professionals. Author James Hoffman said of his reason for writing the book, “I wanted to make more coffee accessible rather than make it more mysterious and exclusive.” The books is a global tour, complete with numerous maps, exploring who grows which types of beans, who consumes it, and the cultures involved.

James Hoffman co-founded Square Mile Coffee Roasters in London and is the blogger on Jimseven.

4. Everything But Espresso by Scott Rao

If the science of brewing the ultimate cup of coffee interests you, this is the book to read. Divided into three parts, it starts with coffee extraction and moves on to how to use different brew methods and the importance of using the best water and storing beans the right way.

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Scott Rao, a coffee consultant since 1992, became an author with a goal, “These books are my attempt to give baristas what I had been missing all those years,” when all he could find were coffee books that were descriptive but not practical and relevant for those in the profession.

5. Coffee Life in Japan by Merry White

Japan embraced coffee in the early 1900s. In fact, this interest is what helped to establish the coffee industry in Brazil. The author looks at Japan’s fascination with the brew in terms of social change, pleasure, the uses of public space and how cafes have influenced Japanese culture. In turn, their coffee rituals are impacting the way people in North America and Europe enjoy their coffee.

Merry White has a PhD from Harvard University in Sociology and was Director of the Project on Human Potential at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the 1980s.

6. The Infinite Emotions of Coffee by Alon Y. Halevy

Interested in how coffee has shaped the lives of individuals in cultures around the world? Check out The Infinite Emotions of Coffee. For example, one story tells about the Cup of Excellence awards, the Oscars of Coffee, in Brazil. “Claudio Carneiro Pinto, the owner of Grota Sao Pedro, an organic farm in Minas Gerais, was now being showered with admiration typically reserved in this country for goal-scoring soccer heroes.” The author tells the coffee story with romance and passion.

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Alon Y. Halevy, a former professor of computer science and engineering and currently executive director of the Recruit Institute of Technology in the San Francisco area, is fascinated with the lore of coffee.

7. The East India Company Book of Coffee by Antony Wild

The East India Company Book of Coffee gives caffeine lovers a comprehensive look at the fascinating history of coffee. The author explores the origins of popular blends, the varied methods that have developed for brewing it and how different cultures like to drink theirs.

Antony Wild, a leading British expert on tea and coffee, is an author and broadcaster who has travelled to many of the countries where both are grown.

8. The Birth of Coffee by Daniel Lorenzetti and Linda Rice Lorenzetti

The Birth of Coffee looks at the impact coffee has had around the world. With 100 duotone photos (toned using coffee), this book explores the world’s favorite beverage in all its complexity, from the places and people who grow it to the big business that brings it to market. After reading it, you’ll never consider it a simple cup of coffee again.

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Daniel Lorenzetti is a documentary photographer, explorer and author. He is married to co-author Linda Rice Lorenzetti, Editorial Director of The Image Expedition and author.

9. Espresso Coffee, the Science of Quality edited by Andrea Illy and Rinantonio Viani

If the technology of coffee is your thing, you’ll want Espresso Coffee, the Science of Quality on your bookshelf. Relying on the work of experts, it looks at the chemistry and advanced technology available for espresso. Starting from the beginning, it deals with farming methods and green coffee processing and moves on to how to roast, grind, package and brew.

Andrea Illy is the CEO of illycaffe, a worldwide coffee business. Rinantonio Viani works at Nestle Research Laboratories in Switzerland.

10. 33 Cups of Coffee published by David Selden

After learning so much about the daily grind, here is your chance to record your own coffee experiences. 33 Cups of Coffee, suitable for baristas and other professionals, as well as coffee lovers who appreciate a good cup, is just 3.5” x 5”. It is made to be filled out quickly and easily, with a checklist for the brew method, a flavor wheel, places for when and where you analyzed your cup, notes and rating.

David Selden, owner of publishing house 33 Books Co., his one-man operation, specializes in tasting maps for a range of consumables, including wine, beer and whisky, and of course, coffee.

Featured photo credit: bbAAER via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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